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SWP and School Partnerships

The Spartanburg Writing Project invites schools to apply to become a partner with SWP to develop strong writing programs.

The programs and projects offered in partnerships are based on best practices in teaching writing, reflect the South Carolina English Language Arts standards and model effective teaching to help prepare students for PACT and other standardized testing.

Partnerships include collaborative planning between the teachers and administrators of the school partner and the SWP staff. The needs and requests of the individual school determine the services offered, but typical programs include:

  • Teaching demonstrations
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Research study groups
  • Curriculum development
  • Teacher writing groups
  • Training workshops
  • Assessing student writing to inform teaching

Applications are due in the spring and will be reviewed in May. In June, schools accepted as partners and SWP staff will meet to begin planning programs for the following school year. Partnerships are for one year, but may be continued.

To apply, complete the application and return it to:

Tasha A. Thomas
Spartanburg Writing Project
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Contact Us
Tasha A. Thomas, Director
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Office 864-503-5653
Fax 864-503-5825

Additional Resources
The National Writing Project
SC State Council of The International Reading Association
SC Council of Teachers of English
National Council for Teachers of English
SC Department of Education
Hub City Writers Project


The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 180 sites across the United States and the world.